PACIFICA (CBS SF) – A police officer shot and killed a dog that appeared to be attacking a Pacifica resident’s smaller dog Tuesday morning, police said.

Around 9:10 a.m. Tuesday, officers responded to a home on Adobe Drive after a female caller said a loose dog had come into her home through an open door and was attacking her dog, a Corgi, according to police.

When an officer arrived at the home, he saw the homeowner attempting to fend off a pit bull dog that was apparently attacking her smaller Corgi, police said.

The pit bull chased the Corgi into another room and pinned it to the floor by its throat. The pit bull then released the dog and faced the officer and started at him, police said.

The dog was about 3 or 4 feet away when the officer, apparently fearing for his safety, shot one round of his service pistol at the pit bull, striking it in the chest area.

The dog then died, police said.

Peninsula Humane Society officers also assisted in the investigation and determined that the pit bull and a loose Husky found in the area both belonged to a nearby resident. Humane officers said they would contact the dogs’ owner.

The Corgi was taken to an animal hospital to be treated for its injuries suffered during the attack.

Any further action in this case will be handled by the Peninsula Humane Society, police said.

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Comments (19)
  1. Blut Rot says:

    I expect officers to respond when facing danger of this I type. But I would like to see this reporter/editor remove this photo of a pitbull (with it’s photogenic snarl) and show the phot of the actual animal.

  2. lancaster says:

    If he used pepper spay both dogs would be alive.

    1. Traci says:

      yeah…the pit bull would still be alive…then he could get out again and get into the pre school next door and maul a kid…yeah good thinking!
      I’m glad there is one less aggressive dog here in Pacifica! Good Job Pacifica Police!

    2. Lisa says:

      A dangerous dog with an irresponsible owner. The officer did what he had to do. Just be thankful it didn’t maul a child to death.

    3. Nona says:

      Are you kidding me? If that was me, I would have killed that pit once it entered my residence. Without hesitation!

  3. dan says:

    what’s up with that BS picture of a pit bull?? 90% of pit bulls are loving obedient family dogs that don’t deserve this negative stigma. I say shoot the neglecting owner, not the dog

    1. Jewell says:

      Too late now to second-guess the actions of the officer in the heat of the moment. The owner should be cited.

  4. Gary says:

    This breed should be put down for good.
    Excellent job Officer!

  5. Jake says:

    This is the perfect example of bad reporting. I agree, great decision by the officer, I would have done the same, but why would you put the picture up there. Trying to take a Dog with bad image and make it worse. Dogs, like humans react based on how they are raised.

  6. Jon says:

    The pit bull picture above is a trained killer by is (Human owner) sure the officer could of pepper sprayed but this is a dog that could move faster then any human so that would not work I don’t blame the dog, I blame the owner, my neighbor a few house down the block has a one a pit bull that loves to play with kids, he does not even bark, nor does he have goes crazy when he see a smaller dog, he just like a member of the family.

  7. We are all interconnected says:

    Has anyone considered that the fear of an animal when their home is disrupted or destroyed and the weather is crazy is likely much like the anxiety instilled in a human…fight or flight. This dog wasn’t intentionally malicious but scared and confused. Think about it. A tazer would have worked. Pits can be loving animals- you “good shots” are ignorant. So shove it. If you want to cheer on the death of animals then grow a soul and surely I hope you never own one.

    1. Traci says:

      a lot of dogs ge scared and dont kill people. Should the officer not shot the dog?..perhaps the dog gets out again and gets lost and scared inside the pre school next door? Would that make you happy?
      Having lost a child in my family to a dog mauling, I find your comments completely ignorant…as most pit bull owners, along with aggressive dog breed owners are.
      I love my dogs more than my life…but if my dog ever showed aggression towards anyone or other dogs…I would put them down! It’s what responsible owners do! AND if a dog attacked my dog…especially in my house I would shoot it myself!

    2. Jewell says:

      You’re kidding, right? I wonder how the situation would have turned out if it was you being called to the scene. Yes, the pitbull may have been confused, but it reacted viciously & without provocation entered another home, attacked the dog there & then was going for the cop. And let’s think about the tazer thing for a moment.

      Malicious, vicious -who are you to second-guess this cop? What if this pitbull had entered a home and mauled a child or elder to death? It has happened all over the USA. Get a grip. We don’t like having to kill living things, but let’s face it, there are times when someone with a clue has to make a snap decision. Sorry for the dog, but it’s a pitbull. We don’t know HOW it was raised.

    3. Duane says:

      Tazers and pepper spray are options when there is another officer standing by with a higher level of force in the event that the lesser force options fail to have the desired effect. Also, at a distance of 3-4 feet, as indicated here, I would also opt for the higher level of force in self defense. That is just too close to risk one of the lesser force options. Should that lesser force option fail, the dog will likely be on the officer and causing physical harm to him or her before another force option can be chosen.

    4. Lisa says:

      Seriously??? This dog entered a woman’s home, was mauling her dog and then charged the police officer. Dogs like this need to be put down. It could very well have attacked and killed a human being.

    5. melissa says:

      these breeds should be illegal. I’ve met some sweet ones but I would NEVER want my child around them. Ignorance is thinking that their attacks are exclusively due to bad owners or people training them to attack. “Loving” pit bulls have attacked children WITHIN families because the child moved too fast or woke them up…countless times. Animals by their very nature are unpredictable..add to that a lethal potential and in my opinion they should be restricted much like a tiger.

  8. D says:

    I live next door to the putbull owner in this case. I also have a pitbull. When we walked by the house, the two dogs were always jumping at the window, I was always afraid they would go through the window. The owners have a big yard, why they kept two big dogs locked upside the house without any place to run around is beyond me. It’s not fair to the dogs. I’ve owned two pitbulls, and they come with a responsibility, they need exercise and discipline. If you aren’t able to give them that, you shouldn’t own one to begin with.